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How to safely celebrate Thanksgiving during a pandemic

During Turkey Day, you should still follow all the necessary safety guidelines.
November 24, 2020

Whether your family chooses to spend turkey day baking pumpkin pie, engaging in awkward political conversations or watching football, this year’s Thanksgiving presents unique challenges. The coronavirus...

A guide to celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, the time to honor the contributions of Indigenous people to American society.
November 23, 2020

It’s currently Native American Heritage Month. Did you know that? Unfortunately, there’s a good chance you didn’t.  The United States has often neglected the legacy of Native Americans. It wasn’t...

Futures on hold: the fate of collegiate athletic recruiting in the age of COVID-19

Senior Caden Daniels committed to Wesleyan University for lacrosse in August.
November 6, 2020

Every year, thousands of high-school students across the country spend their summers competing for coveted — and limited — college athletic scholarships. They travel all around the United States, playing...

Diving into the sports industry with junior Zach Yaqub

Yaqub interviews guest and Washington football legend Brian Mitchell on his channel “Interviews with Zach Yaqub.”
November 3, 2020

At 5 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, most high school juniors would take a nap or finish their homework, but Zach Yaqub has other priorities. After an exhausting, day-long baseball tournament in Virginia,...

A guide to safely celebrating Halloween during a global pandemic

There are many ways to keep the spooky spirit alive while remaining safe.
October 30, 2020

Break out your cobwebs, skeletons, ghosts and pumpkins for the front lawn: it’s that spooky, special time of year. Between Halloween lining up with a full moon and occurring on a Saturday night, this...

Whitman students, teachers turn to video games for social interaction over quarantine

Junior Josh Klubes playing “NBA 2K21” on his XBOX. Since in-person get togethers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, video games have become a medium for Whitman students to virtually interact with friends
October 27, 2020

Aboard a spaceship with his fellow crew members, senior Greg O’Connell only has one goal in mind: survive. There is a murderous impostor aboard the ship, and everyone is a suspect.  All of his crewmates...

Cycling into senior year: students bike to Pittsburgh over the summer

Having completed their journey, the four seniors pose with their bikes in front of Point State Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Pictured left to right: Nicholas Pyle, Jordan Maggin, Finn Martin, Adam Melrod)
October 25, 2020

Seniors Finn Martin, Adam Melrod, Nicholas Pyle and Jordan Maggin watched from the roof of their hotel as the Pittsburgh skyline lit up with a breathtaking pink hue. The sounds of pop music and a gentle...

“The immediate reaction was heartbreak”: Christina Limansky helps aid Lebanon after explosion in capital

L to R: Susan Hammoud, Christina Limansky and Karla Stephan sit outside of Muncheez, DC gathering donations to support the Lebanese Red Cross.
October 20, 2020

Junior Christina Limansky finishes a dance routine she spent hours working on at the Elements Dance Company camp. Breathless, she stretches out her arms while heading over to the bench for a break. When...

Students and alumni create virtual businesses in quarantine

(From left to right) two of Eryes’ homemade cakes: a vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream and chocolate chip cookies, and a Mini Monster Triple Chocolate Oreo cake.
October 19, 2020

A global pandemic can bring panic, disorientation, unemployment and frustration, but for some Whitman students, it brought opportunity. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, students and alumni have...

A school year 4,000 miles away, yet right at home

Learning in Germany, senior Lily Muchimba has lots of free time where she often swims, as pictured
Senior Lily Muchimba spends the first semester of virtual learning in Bad Vilbel, Germany
October 16, 2020

As the summer of 2020 dwindled to an end, students settled back into their desks and fired up their computers for an unprecedented semester of virtual learning. But for senior Lily Muchimba, her desk,...

Arts department utilizes creativity to work around virtual learning challenges

Freshman Helen Kelly's at-home ceramics workspace. Ceramics students have set up areas to work on projects.
October 14, 2020

This semester, there won't be bustling halls or student-filled classrooms. The parking lot will remain largely empty, and the few people allowed in Whitman will be administrators, building service and...

“It brings back the old days where nothing really mattered”: Whitman students crave nostalgia over quarantine

When times have been bleak, Whitman students turn to find comfort in the past.
October 12, 2020

In the back of Topher Leonard’s bedroom, the echoes of Fall Out Boy pour out of an old radio. The then nine-year-old Leonard sits hunched over at his desk, fixated on his iPad. He’s playing Minecraft,...

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